Vintage car restoration could be described more accurately as a passion than a simple hobby – little beats the thrill you get after hunting down and fitting that special car part. But restoration can be a costly pastime, passion or not, as sellers understandably try to take advantage of your enthusiasm and set a high price for the part you want so badly. To you, there’s no denying that the right vintage car part is worth a lot but this isn’t a reason to get ripped off. Here are a few tips to help you get a fair price for the part you need.
Be sure to do your research before you make that trip to the wrecking yard or vintage parts dealer. Check online to see what the going rate for similar parts are. Find out how difficult the part you’re looking for really is and be prepared to pay a little more for rarer pieces.
Trying to find a reputable salvage yard or dealer and ask them what their pricing structure is is a good idea. Choosing a seller with a formalized pricing plan may seem like a better option but still, there are some dealers value parts at a percentage of what a new part would cost, for example, while others have a set price for the same part from any car – those who are willing to barter might ultimately offer you the chance to make fantastic finds. If you can, then compare a number of parts sources in order to try to ascertain where you might get the best deal.
When a price structure is not in place, remember not to give away too much – your obvious enthusiasm for a particular car part might just jack up the price. Do not act as though your life depends upon it because car part shopping can be a treacherous game but you can express your interest in the part you want. The dealer will obviously try to get as much as he can for the part you are after, so bid low, and go up only reluctantly. Avoid giving away anything that might suggest you are willing to pay more, play your cards close to your chest, and leave the expensive watch at home as well.
Be sure you know what you are paying for when you finally agree on a price. Is the casing and so on included? Some yards will charge an extra fee for removal of a part that is still in a car, so ask if you can remove the item yourself. This could save you quite a bit of money unless the part is deeply embedded in the existing car’s structure but you might be best having it removed for you if the job is complicated. When personal injury is a real risk, then saving money pales in comparison. Although you should have fun bargaining, you should still remember to stay safe.